• Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Freedom in the air

Binge-shopping at BONGO

Binge-shopping at BONGO

If there's one thing winter absolutely always promises, it's that it's the only season when you can blend the dapper look with street swag. Winter clothes exude style, be it a simple jacket, a sweater vest or a turtle-neck, this climate is perfect for the fashionista. A Dhaka dweller perhaps reaps the most from this, as the capital is where the options for your wardrobe seem endless. The first stop for almost all Dhakaiites during winter is Bongo Bazaar. Since its establishment in 1989, Bongo Bazaar, a cluster of shops that make up the market, has been the place to shop for clothes. Despite the increasing number of malls...

Shop Special

Ecstasy's Winter Collection

Ecstasy's Winter Collection

From its humble beginnings as a single store chain in 1997, Ecstasy is now one of the largest lifestyle fashion retailers of the country with 25 outlets. In the past 17 years, its various collections have ranged from stylish informal wear to classic formal wear. Ecstasy was one of the pioneering stores in...

RECIPE

CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

Moist chocolate cake Wet ingredients: 4 medium sized eggs 1 cup (or 250ml) and 2 tbsp of vegetable oil 1 cup (or 250ml) of liquid milk 1 tsp of vanilla extract 2 tbsp of water Dry ingredients - 2½ cups of self raising flour or 2½ cups of plain flour with 5 tsp of baking powder 1 3/4 cups of sugar Pinch of...

FAIRLESS OLIVE

'Tis the season

'Tis the season

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol IMAGINE a dish with beef, mutton, raisins and prunes, eaten in a porridge like state and known...

Christmas Knickknacks

Christmas Knickknacks

Christmas is just around the corner, and most of us have already completed the major shopping for all our loved ones. However, there are always a few items on the last minute shopping list, and this year will be no different. After all, what's Christmas without a few stockings full of knickknacks? Read...

Special Feature

The silent SUNDARBANS

The silent SUNDARBANS

It was just another day in the morning of the forest. Last night's fog still hung in the air, the nocturnal animals were retiring for the day, whilst the Black-capped Kingfisher flew of the Kewra branch diving for its first fish of the day. In the muddy banks an otter was getting ready...

Spotlight

2014: The Year We Destroyed Innocence

2014: The Year We Destroyed Innocence

Our world today has broken down the boundaries of communication and welcomed this enlightened age of global connectivity. But despite promoting allegiance and secularism, we are faced with a world where there are new walls made of an unforgiving material that not only refuses to break, but destroys everything it surrounds: Hate. What would...

Travelogue

NIGHT BY THE SEA

NIGHT BY THE SEA

The tranquility of the sea overwhelms the auditory faculty, tuned to the cacophony of our urban dwelling, with only the sounds of the waves crushing on the sandy shores of the beach, punctuating the stillness of the place. As the foaming tides hit the desolate shores, the phosphor-tagged water dances in a streak...

Review

CORAL BLUE RESORT

CORAL BLUE RESORT

As you descend from the speedboats onto the sandy shores of the beach, the hands of the staff of the resort wave you welcome to the southernmost point of the island. With the Coral Blue Resort, in sight and only a few minutes' walk away, the first touch of sand against the soles...

Restaurant Review

BitterSweet starts anew

BitterSweet starts anew

BITTERSWEET Café has established itself as a brand among the Dhaka foodies - for the taste of its desserts to the quiet environment and homely ambience it provides. Now the family-run café, which has been going strong for six years, has finally relaunched its menu. More desserts, more food and tastier drinks. BitterSweet's menu is already known to serve a wide range of desserts. The café, designed as an urbane, homely space for relaxation at the end of a tiring day, is a favourite among teens and professionals alike. It is perhaps one of the few places in Dhaka where people gather for the sole purpose of indulging their sweet...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Pregnancy diet

Pregnancy diet

When pregnant you do not have to “eat for two” or three in case you are carrying a pair of twins or four in the case of a set of triplets! There is no magic diet to follow but the usual rules: plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and good...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

  Birangona -Women of War Date: Sunday, 28 December, 2014  Time: 7 PM (doors open 6.45 PM) Venue: Red Shift Coffee Lounge. Radius Centre, 5th Floor, Bay's Galleria , 57 Gulshan Avenue This is the award winning play which gives a voice to the 200,000-400,000 women who survived the atrocities perpetrated on them as a tactic of war by the Pakistan army during our Liberation Struggle in 1971. The gripping and dramatic stories of these women, known officially as Birangona (the Brave Ones),...

Beauty Dissected

Hair loss: Prevention and cure

Hair loss, decreased hair density and baldness can be a very big and frustrating problem. We hear a lot about  hair restoration treatment, but are not sure what it means. It's a combination of treatments given for different types of hair related problems. Hair fall is the commonest complain that I get. Patients from all age groups, but mostly young people, come to me with this problem.  In most cases I find that the complaints are due to very basic...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

A magical Christmas at Dhaka Regency This  holiday season, Dhaka Regency ushers in merry tidings with numerous options to celebrate the festive occasion,Christmas with style. With a plethora of dining and entertainment options at this renowned business hotel, the celebration promises something unique for everyone. The Grandiose Restaurant, the authentic specialty multi cuisine restaurant...

TIPS

Weight loss tips

When it comes to losing weight, everyone seems to have their miracle cure and personal myths about what works and what does not. However, the process is not so simple. Take snacking for example – it is said to be always bad and adverse to losing weight. But in reality you don't need to starve to lose weight. Eating between meals does not have to be bad; having snacks in between meals might actually help you eat less. Added...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Cakes galore

Cakes galore

It’s winter! And the barometer agrees. Butthis season, many might argue, is not the most comfortable of all. We have a hard time battling the cold chills. Nevertheless, we cherish this time for at least one reason: winter is the time to have delectable pithas. The strong incentive to get out of your blanket...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
SEPTEMBER ON Jessore Road

SEPTEMBER ON Jessore Road

“Millions of souls nineteen seventy one homeless on Jessore road under grey sun A million are dead, the million who can Walk toward Calcutta from East Pakistan” In the early 1970s, the world witnessed upheavals on a scale never seen following the end of World War II. With the Cold War at its zenith, the geopolitics that...

Cover Story

Published Date: December 16, 2014
GINSBERG AND SEPTEMBER 71

GINSBERG AND SEPTEMBER 71

September on Jessore Road is a poem by notable American poet, Allen Ginsberg. A scything critic of materialism that was rampant in the 70s, as it is today, Ginsberg's poetry dissected the political psyche of the time in an attempt to touch human consciousness during events like the Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. In the...

Cover Story

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The cost of freedom

The cost of freedom

When we think war, we think of victory or defeat. That is only natural but in every conflict in human history the first slain of the turmoil is humanity itself. Our independence came at a price and as Bengalis we must pay due homage to the lives lost and the lives that went through innumerable hardship in those 9 months of struggle. We are a rebellious lot. Although we witness a culmination of our defiance against tyranny in the events leading to 1971, the seeds of hunger for freedom were sown centuries before. This week Star Lifestyle, takes you down memory lane in search of our identity from the pages...

Spotlight

Published Date: December 16, 2014
BLISSFULLY IGNORANT

BLISSFULLY IGNORANT

Dhaka was the centre of culture the past few weeks – the literary Hay Festival and the Bengal Classical Music Festival drew in more people than ever before. Social media was flooded with posts and selfies, check-ins and erudite observations on the beauty of the written word or the transcendental melody of Chaurasia's flute. A great time to be in Dhaka. But it was not all bliss – we lost a national treasure at the music festival. Qayyum Chowdhury died on stage on its fourth day. While so many were mourning the veteran artist's death, others were wondering out loud who Qayyum Chowdhury was. As one of the audience mentions...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The rebellious gene

The rebellious gene

    We are a rebellious lot. And this thirst for freedom and the tendency for rebellion has been bred in our genes. Bengalis have revolted against oppression since time immemorial. One glorious example can be the sultanate era of Bengal. Initially, Bengal was under the Delhi Sultanate. Our rulers were primarily under that organisation, with...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Gitanjali presents Benny Dayal, live in Dhaka Date: Thursday, 18 December Time: 7pm Venue: Grand Ball Room, Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka The hottest Bollywood sensation of the year and singer of Badtameez Dil, Bang Bang and many more hit songs - Benny Dayal will be performing live in Dhaka on 18 December, 2014 at Radisson Blu....

DESHI MIX

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Winter pitha

Winter pitha

Colourful fairs, musical soirees and ceremonial festivities abound in the country to greet the harvest season. Rural Bangladesh dressed in gold; the glitters of the freshly harvested golden rice bring life to the fullest and a smile on every face. Agrahayon, the eighth month in the Bengali calendar, marks the beginning of traditional harvest...

TIPS

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The weight loss start-up

The weight loss start-up

Before going on the latest diet, pause for a minute. If you are serious about attempting to lose weight, then don't start too big. Take baby steps before you burst into a sprint. To heed that advice, you must not start a brand new diet regime but first begin by conditioning your mind...

Restaurant Review

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Firing up at Firehouse

Firing up at Firehouse

They have set the stage for you to give in to your cravings for the choicest cuts of mouth-watering steaks. Located at Road 11, Banani, Fire House is a dark themed restaurant with lots of wood work especially raw log woods on the wall and abstract arts. The interior mimics what it is;...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Sigree: In search of Lucknow specialties in Dhaka

Sigree: In search of Lucknow specialties in Dhaka

Opening their doors on 5th September the Indian chain Restaurant Sigree started its Journey in Bangladesh with much aplomb graced by the presence of Star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan.  The magic of slow cooking over charcoal is how the chef describes the cooking style of Sigree. As I take my seat in the...

Check It Out

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Gloria Jeans in Dhanmondi

Gloria Jeans in Dhanmondi

In 1979, an American couple named Gloria Jean Cavetko & Ed started the journey of Gloria Jeans Coffees. In 1996 the first Australian Gloria Jean's Coffees store was opened in Miranda, Sydney which brought it recognition as an international brand. After serving 39 countries with the unrivaled taste and alluring smell of coffee with its 1100 outlets Gloria Jeans started their operation in Dhaka in 2012. Their first outlet opened in Gulshan and now the second branch of Gloria Jeans Coffees has finally been inaugurated in Dhanmondi. This month, Gloria Jeans opened their Dhanmondi doors to the patrons who have for so long impatiently awaited a branch closer than the...

Shop Special

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The Blazer BD

The Blazer BD

The Blazer BD was founded by Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed, Director of Mousumi Industries Ltd in 2007 out of a desire to create a global brand specialising in tailored men's and women's wear. His ambition was to combine the best fabric with the latest designs to make a company of international repute. "My father used to have a tailoring and fabrics business before I was born, The Blazer BD was born out of my dream to re-create that business,” says Kazi. The family business was burned to the ground by Pakistani forces during the liberation war. Now, with a dream to bring back that business, Kazi aims to make The...

EVENT

Published Date: December 16, 2014
LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

“1971 Genocide and Torture” is an exhibition currently on at the Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of the National Museum. Since its inauguration on 9 December, the event has been a success leaving a  lasting impact which has already been etched in the minds of the crowd. Primarily a showcase of images related to the events...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Talking bread

Talking bread

I will be at fault if I do not talk about a bakery sensation. Holey Bakery. To me, the holy grail of bakeries in Dhaka. They are a small outfit, nestled in a quiet corner of Gulshan, sharing the compound with a nursing home. There are no extravagant signs. No billboards. No advertisement in newspapers that I noticed. A lot...

EVENT

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The Food Talk meets again

The second meet up of The Food Talk was held at Coentro in Baridhara. About 40 people from the closed Facebook group showed up and contributed to the lively discussion and stimulating discussions on the theme “Service Matters!” The premise was that the vibrant restaurant scene does need improved services. To start with, there is not a big training centre that's preparing people for one of the biggest industries in Bangladesh. The scene is quite new and here 15...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Hair-Raising tips

Hair-Raising tips

As the weather is naturally dry, you have to take extra care of your hair to ensure it does not become dry as well. In winter, splits ends, dandruff and hair fall are all common. A great way to protect your hair from damage caused by dirt and wind during this time is to wrap up your locks with a silk scarf. Woollen scarves on the other hand will lead to hair breakage.  During winter, it is best to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will replenish the moisture which tends to get depleted during the season. However busy your schedule is, don't...

NEWSFLASH

Published Date: December 16, 2014
35% Discount at Gitanjali

December is full of celebrations. The sixteenth of the month marks our victory. The twenty fifth is Christmas. And you have New Year's Eve. And since it is the wedding season, let's not forget about the many invitations cards flowing in. Therefore, you would surely want some new jewellery this month. Gitanjali Jewelers is offering discounts up to 35%. So check out their gorgeous collection of diamond jewellery -- necklace, finger ring, ear ring, nose pin, locket et al -- to...

Event

Published Date: December 16, 2014
French gala evening at Radisson

It was a cheerful mix between France and Bangladesh at the French Annual Gala 2014 that was held last Saturday, 6 December 2014 at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel. The event is organised every year by the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB). Established in 1996, the Chamber aims to promote trade between France and Bangladesh by facilitating the process in every way possible. The event commenced with a display of items for sale by fair trade...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival

Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival

Colourful decorations, traditional songs, and a glamorous guest list made up the Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival that was held all day last Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at the Grand Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city. As the guests entered through the doors of the venue, they were greeted with stalls of numerous organisations who were all associated with the Big Fat Bangladeshi Wedding. This included florists, sweetmeat sellers, hotels and resorts, catering services, event planners and photographers. The stalls were present throughout the day, open for all. Come evening, a fashion and cultural show was organised in the Grand Ballroom, resplendent with models and celebrities alike, both on the...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Diet rules for migraines

People with migraine sometimes feel like their heads are ticking bombs. A wrong move can lead to a debilitating headache which might make all activity next to impossible. Staying up late, stress, too much coffee or even too little, can all be triggers for migraine. To be honest, I've had migraine attacks due to far less. The problem with migraine is only those who suffer from it actually understand how crippling it can be. When I have migraine attacks, I...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
POP UP

Go maximalist with bookshelves BOOKSHELVES are not just meant for books! Spice up your home décor by getting an old-school, simple, wooden bookshelf with a muted brown finishing. Spread out your interesting book collection with gaps in random places. You can fill these spaces with sculptures, plants, lamps or photo frames. A space or two can also be dedicated to paintings in small canvases, which can lean on the bookshelf. Bear in mind that the “maximalist” bookshelf will look best...

check it out

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Workshop on beauty care

Kazi Kamrul Islam -- a renowned beauty and hair expert and the proprietor of Banthai Beauty and Barber Saloon -- has been invited by Qubic to Narayanganj to conduct a workshop. It is an opportunity not to be missed by those who are beauty experts who those who want to be. The programme will be starting from the second week of January. For those interested, call 01818819870 or 01778372960.    

Published Date: December 9, 2014
A COURTSHIP with the coatee!

A COURTSHIP with the coatee!

These trends generally tend to be fleeting; most of the time fad-driven designs and styles become dated in one season alone. Having to keep up with such forever changing styles is tiring to say the least, not to mention time consuming and expensive. Women experience a conundrum when they want to keep up...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Soup's Up!

Soup's Up!

A cool winter night demands some special accompaniments. And a hot, steaming bowl of soup is definitely one of the front runners. Whether as a preamble to the main course or comfort food for those wanting to get rid of the chill, there's nothing like the feeling of warmth that goes through the...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Serving it steamy

Serving it steamy

As the winter chills descend upon us and gloomy, sunless mornings make us want to curl up into a ball and remain hidden under the covers, a hot, steaming mug of tea or coffee can revive us like nothing else can! I bring to you some hot beverages for this winter which can...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
AMARI

AMARI

Just a 20 minute drive away from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Amari stands in the midst of the new hub of the business world in Dhaka. Entering Amari, Onyx's oldest and most established chain of hotels, one is greeted with its fresh and cool ambience. The well-spaced décor, subtle lighting and the soft...

  

LS EDITOR’S NOTE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Of frosts and flavours

Of frosts and flavours

Winter looks gorgeous in a salad bowl and nothing can measure up to the delightful riot of colours in it. The ruby red beetroots in perfect harmony with the light green cucumbers together with the thinly cut slices of white radishes and bright orange carrots; and you must not forget to snip in...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter indulgence

Winter indulgence

As the night air grows cooler and the fallen autumn leaves flood the streets and roads, let us welcome the onset of winters with the range of seasonal vegetables in the markets now. From lettuce that looks greener and celery that looks fresh, we will explore two green vegetables that often find a...

ASK DR SAGIR

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter care for pets

Winter care for pets

Pet lovers and pet owners need to be prepared to keep their pets warm and comfortable for winter. In the colder weather, we need to take care of all our pets, especially dogs. In some situation, winter can be a critical time for pets, whether they stay indoors or outdoors. Even though we live in a relatively warmer environment, the sudden decrease in temperature can still be harmful for our pets. We should consider them exactly as we do our children; our pets will benefit from our direct care and protection during the winter. There is a common myth that pets do not need any additional human care during winter, but...

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
VISITING SCOTLAND

VISITING SCOTLAND

But the Scots rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. I was quite lucky to have been in Scotland to visit my nephew last a month before this political upheaval. My husband, son...

FYI

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Jaywalking

Jaywalking

Many people are not aware of the term 'jaywalking', although most of us have done it at some point or the other. Jaywalking is the illegal or the reckless crossing of a road by a pedestrian. It is a very common sight in the streets of Dhaka, so much so that many people,...

Tips

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter hair care

Winter hair care

Use shampoos and conditioners with low pH, which are better for dry hair. You should also use a deep conditioning treatment at least once or twice a week, to help obtain moisture. A quick trick if there's no deep conditioner in the house is to put a small amount of conditioner into a microwaveable bowl and heat it for 15 seconds. This will turn the conditioner into a deep conditioner. Don't put too much shampoo in your hair. From a young age we are taught to add shampoo to our hair until it is a bubbly, frothy concoction. However, too much shampoo is detrimental for dry hair. After shampooing, apply...

LS PICK

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Sharing is caring

Many of us indeed look forward to winter. It's pleasing to us. We enjoy the cold chills and the barbeque parties and the lavish shawls and leather jackets. All is good. But while we are enjoying the winter, we also must not forget that there is a large segment of poor people for whom winter poses a nightmare. With no warm clothing to protect them, the bitter cold is indeed a serious threat to them. So while you enjoy the winter,...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Swiss Film Festival 2014 Date: Tuesday, 9 2014 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Goethe Institute, House No. 10, Road No. 9 (new), Dhanmondi The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Dhaka, is organising a Swiss Film Festival on December 7-9. Three Swiss films will be screened at the Goethe Institut Auditorium in Dhanmondi during the three-day festival. Spaghetti Jazz "Bollywood Night" Date: Tuesday, December 9 Time: 8:30 pm - 1:00 am Venue: Spaghetti Jazz, Gulshan 2 Circle, Dhaka For an unforgettable evening of Indian...

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